Thai Cucumber Salad 011

Michael’s Cucumber Salad (recipe inspired by Ming Tsai)

Sometimes I work my way backward with a menu, from the dessert to the main dish, or from the appetizer or side dish to the entree. Today I was hungry for my cucumber salad and decided to make one of my favorite main dishes ever: Korean-Style Grilled Flank Steak. The sweet cucumber salad balances out the spiciness of the steak. I prefer to make this healthy and delicious salad with hothouse cucumbers, which have a thin skin. In order to make the dressing you will need to find an asian grocery store which stocks a few basic Japanese items.


  • 1/2 cup aji-mirin (Kikkoman brand)
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar (Nakano brand, unseasoned)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon wasabi paste, or to taste
  • 1 large hothouse cucumber (18 ounces), sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups sliced carrots (6 ounces)
  • 1/4 large red onion (2 1/2 ounces), chopped


To make the dressing whisk together the aji-mirin, rice vinegar, sugar, and wasabi paste in a medium size bowl. Add cucumbers, carrots, and red onion, and toss well. Let the flavors combine in the refrigerator for an hour or more.

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